Photo: Hollywood Park
field of 14 sophomores are set to do battle in the Grade I, $250,000 Hollywood
Derby, while the Grade I, $250,000 Matriarch is expected to draw nine or 10
fillies and mares. Both races will be Sunday,
the final day of the Turf Festival.
field for the 1 ¼ mile Derby are Grandeur (trainer Jeremy Noseda), Speaking of
Which (Dermot Weld) and Smart Ellis (Richard Mandella), the 1-2-3 finishers in
the Grade II Twilight Derby on Nov. 2. Garrett
Gomez has been confirmed as the rider on Grandeur and Patrick Smullen has been
named on Speaking of Which.
penciled in are Handsome Mike (Doug O’Neill) and Golden Ticket (Ken McPeek),
first and third, respectively, in the Grade II Pennsylvania Derby September 22
at Parx, Big Bane Theory (Carla Gaines), Lucky Chappy (Graham Motion), Twilight
Eclipse (Thomas Albertrani), Silentio (Gary Mandella), and Unbridled Command (Tom
nominees include General Logan (Motion), Groovin’ Solo (Myung Kwon Cho), All
Squared Away (Peter Miller) and Rjwa (Francois Rohaut). Rjwa, a filly, was supplemented for both the Derby and Matriarch, but Rohaut indicated she will start
in the Derby
with regular rider Thierry Jarnet in the saddle.
Dayatthespa (Chad Brown), winner of five in a row, including the Grade I Queen
Elizabeth II Cup at Keeneland October 13, deserves top billing in the one-mile
their rivalry will be Summer Soiree (Motion) and Star Billing (John
Shirreffs). ‘The former defeated the
latter in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks in August, 2011, before Star Billing
returned the favor two months later with a victory in last year’s Matriarch.
to run are Emulous (Weld), who captured the 2011 Grade I Coolmore Matron in
Ireland, Serena’s Cat Stakes winner Future Generation (Christophe Clement), and
Grade II Santa Ana Stakes winner Vamo a Galupiar (Neil Drysdale). Smullen will
nominees expected to start are Grade II Sands Point Stakes winner Better Lucky
(Albertrani), and California bred Tiz Flirtatious (Marty Jones).
The wild card
in the Matriarch is Mizdirection (Mike Puype), winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf
Sprint Nov. 3 at Santa Anita. Puype has been considering the daughter of Mizzen
Mast, but a scheduled turf work was called off Sunday morning. Her status remains undetermined.